In the heart of the lower North Island, Manawatu and Whanganui offer a diverse food basket ripe for the taking. Although well recognised for its agrifood and science sector, as well as having strong agricultural roots, Manawatu and Whanganui also bring a grass roots feel, evident in the generous array of farmers’ markets and artisan food producers dotted around. The Whanganui River Traders’ Market and Feilding Farmers market are nationally acclaimed and enjoyed weekly by locals and visitors alike.
From boutique cheese makers and vegan wine growers to free-range butcheries where the butcher knows your name, or a farmer’s gate donation box for your dozen eggs and A2 milk, take your taste buds on a tour and meet the makers, the growers and hear their stories. From berry picking in the summer, to roasted chestnuts from a street vendor in winter, whatever the season, you’ll find a tasty delight. All of this is evident in the wide range of eateries, award winning restaurants and eclectic cafes on offer, all bringing together the best seasonal produce and products to put on a menu of colour and flavour to suit all tastes.